On Romantic Love: Simple Truths about a Complex Emotion

Hardcover | February 5, 2015

byBerit Brogaard

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Romantic love presents some of life's most challenging questions. Can we choose who to love? Is romantic love rational? Can we love more than one person at a time? And can we make ourselves fall out of love? In On Romantic Love, Berit Brogaard attempts to get to the bottom of love's many contradictions. This short book, informed by both historical and cutting edge philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, combines a new theory of romantic love with entertaining anecdotes from real life and accessibleexplanations of the neuroscience underlying our wildest passions.Against the grain, Brogaard argues that love is an emotion; that it can be, at turns, both rational and irrational; and that it can be manifested in degrees. We can love one person more than another and we can love a person a little or a lot or not at all. And love isn't even always something weconsciously feel. However, love - like other emotions, both conscious and not - is subject to rational control, and falling in or out of it can be a deliberate choice. This engaging and innovative look at a universal topic, featuring original line drawings by illustrator Gareth Southwell,illuminates the processes behind heartbreak, obsession, jealousy, attachment, and more.

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Romantic love presents some of life's most challenging questions. Can we choose who to love? Is romantic love rational? Can we love more than one person at a time? And can we make ourselves fall out of love? In On Romantic Love, Berit Brogaard attempts to get to the bottom of love's many contradictions. This short book, informed by bot...

Berit Brogaard is Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami. Her book Transient Truths was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. In her academic research she specializes in philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, and the cognitive sciences.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.09 × 5.39 × 0.98 inPublished:February 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199370737

ISBN - 13:9780199370733

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Letter from a Friend2. The Chemistry of LoveYour Brain on CrackBeliefs and Brain ChemistryTaking the Drug AwayAddicted to GriefEmotional painStress, Pimples and Gray HairLove and Hate3. The Philosophy of LoveLove as an EmotionBasic and Complex EmotionsThe James-Lange TheoryThe Conjunctive Theory of EmotionsThe Connection ProblemThe Problem of Emotional Responses to FictionThe Perceived-Response Theory4. Irrational LoveDoes the Idea of Irrational Love Make Sense?You Call It Madness, I Call It LoveIrrational Compassionate LoveLove as a Moral EmotionLove as a HistoryLove and Personal IdentityIs Love Unconditional?Love and Personal IdentityLove and Sex5. Relationships and Insecure AttachmentAvoidant Attachment StyleSecure Versus Insecure AttachmentAvoidant AttachmentAnxious AttachmentChildish RelationshipsJealousy and Anxious AttachmentAttachment and the Relationship TheoryCan Attachment Styles Change?Familiar LoveAttachment LoveCan Animals Love?The Other Dimension of Sex6. Our Unconscious AffectionsOpponents of Unconscious AffectionUnconscious AffectUnconscious LoveIn Your DreamsIs Love a Disposition7. He Is Just Not That into You(And Other In-Between Cases)Prototype TheoryNon-Monogamous Love as In-Between Cases"Love" is a Gradable VerbHe's Just Not That Into YouAmbivalence8. How To Fall Out of LoveSigmund Freud and Friedrich NietzschePsychoanalysis and Talk TherapyEmotional Regulation and Avoidance BehaviorThe Repetition TechniqueProlonged Exposure TherapyEye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingDeep Relaxation and MeditationHeartbreak and Placement ConditioningThe Sinclair MethodOut, Damned Spot: Using Soap to Wash Away Your Negative FeelingsEmotional Regulation as a Route to HappinessThe End: The Heart Wants What It WantsReferences